International Post Harvest Management and Nutrition Consultant 

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable
  • Job type:
    Consultancy
  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Health / Medical
  • Deadline:
    December 10, 2022

JOB DESCRIPTION

Primary Location

: Solomon Islands

Duration: 40 working days WAE with a possible travel to Solomon Islands
Post Number: N/A

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  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture.
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

 Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) Sub regional Office for the Pacific (SAP) covers Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. FAO SAP is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing sub regional agriculture, food, nutrition and rural development priorities. FAO SAP develops and maintains relations with sub region-wide institutions including the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP). The Sub regional Office is a subsidiary of FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) in Bangkok.

Requested by the Government of Solomon Islands, FAO SAP developed the project “Strengthening local food systems (impacted by COVID-19) by promoting climate-resilient and sustainable urban and peri-urban agriculture value chains” to develop targeted technical assistance in collaboration with the Ministries of Agriculture and Livestock, Health and Medical Services, Education and Human Resources Development, Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology; and the Honiara City and Provincial Councils of selected islands.

 

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator for Pacific (SRC), direct supervision of the Lead Technical Officer (LTO), and in collaboration with the Assistant FAO Representative in Solomon Islands, the International Post Management and Nutrition Consultant is expected to contribute to the make the Project successful and deliver the following tasks;

 

Technical Focus 

•    Provide technical, capacity building and managerial support to the Honiara Women Market Vendor Association (HWMVA), and selected vendors on post-harvest management processes that are relevant to Solomon Island’s local context. Also assist HCC (as the relevant authority) with HWMVA and the selected vendors in the implementation of these post-harvest management measures,
•    Develop Post Harvest Management Strategy and training materials. Provide feedback on the contents of the workshops, and work with the National Agriculture Consultant to finalise all the necessary documents for the planned trainings and to ensure that there are successful learning outcomes.
•    Develop Nutrition Strategy and training materials. Provide feedback on the contents of the workshops, and work with the National Agriculture Consultant to finalise all the necessary documents for the planning trainings and to ensure that they are successful learning outcomes.

 

Tasks and responsibilities

•    Understand the Project Proposal, and develop a time bound work plan in consultation with the LTO, National Agriculture Consultant and relevant stakeholders to include technical support from the national staff and key partners to implement the project activities apart from direct delivery of tasks and training courses expected of you.
•    Build the capacity of the HWMVA and selected vendors & schools on growing Nutrition Gardens that can produce a diverse range of nutrition foods that can be sold at the market. Provide technical, capacity building to selected schools to grow nutritious foods and produce healthy diets.
•    Develop and deliver training events to provide technical support to selected market vendors and schools on post-harvest management strategies and delivering healthy diets.
•    Conduct at least two post-harvest management and nutrition TOTs and establish a demonstration garden that will be the learning site for national stakeholders implementing the project.
•    Liaise with the relevant government ministries (to name a few; Ministry of Health and Medical Services – MHMS) and Non-Government Organizations to understand the capacity needs for specific trainings.
•    Maintain very active email communications with the National Agriculture Consultant and LTO on the delivery of this assignment and share periodic progress reports.
•    Compile the Final Training Reports and recommendations for sustainable impact.

 

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

 

Minimum Requirements

•    University degree in Food Technology, Food Science, Agriculture or any other relevant field
•    7 years of relevant experience in  Food Technology, Food Science, Agriculture or any other relevant field
•    Working knowledge (level C) of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.  For PSA only one language level C is required.

 

FAO Core Competencies

•    Results Focus
•    Teamwork
•    Communication
•    Building Effective Relationships
•    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

 

Technical/Functional Skills  

•    Work experience in more than one location or area of work

 

Selection Criteria

•    Pacific islanders are encouraged to apply.
 Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/ 
  • For more information, visit the FAO employment website
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

 

HOW TO APPLY

• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
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• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
•  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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